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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Em Bryant

(Born November 4, 1938) -- Emmette Bryant received the shock of his basketball life when he arrived in Buffalo. The guard went from the heights of the NBA to the depths.

Bryant played his college basketball at DePaul. It earned him a pick by the New York Knicks in the seventh round, where the odds weren’t too good for him sticking around. By the way, the Cowboys also drafted him as a defensive back.

He stuck to football and landed on a Knick team that was just starting to collect good talent. Bryant spent four seasons in New York, but was taken by the Phoenix Suns in the 1968 expansion draft. But he never played for the Suns, going to Boston in a trade for a draft choice.

Bryant spent two seasons with the Celtics, and Boston won championships in both of them. Then in May of 1970, Bryant was picked in another expansion draft - this time by the Braves.

He played two seasons here, remembered in part because of his headband. Bryant averaged more than 10 points per game in 1970-71 for the only time in his career. The guard spent 1971-72 here as well, and his career ended at that point. Bryant moved into teaching until retirement.

--- Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.